All about alfajores: Máxima’s favorite (Argentine) cookies

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On her birthday, Queen Máxima shared her favorite cookies with the whole world via insta: alfajores. These – now royal – cookies can also be called ridiculously delicious. You can describe them as a brittle double-decker bus filled with dulce de leche and topped with coconut. And you want it.

Dulce de leche

The great luck of discovering alfajores is that you can also start making dulce de leche right away. This horribly tasty condensed milk caramel sauce will really become your new best friend.

Dulce de leche is widely eaten in South America with desserts, pies, cookies (like these alfajores) and cakes. But we have now discovered that it is also very tasty in a cafe latte. Hello #guiltypleasure

Alfajores, brittle corn cookies

Alfajores are mainly known in South America, where they are eaten not only in Argentina but almost in all countries. It is striking that the biscuits are made with a lot of cornflour, which we are not really used to in the Netherlands. But in South America, corn is more or less like a potato: they really make all kinds of goodies out of it.

But the result of that cornflour is impressive. Alfajores are brittle corn cakes, which are remarkably light in texture, color and taste. Between two cookies comes a good dollop of creamy dulce de leche made from condensed milk. The cookies are then rolled through the coconut chips. The combination of the brittleness, coconut and caramel is truly phenomenal. Queen Máxima has good taste, but we already knew that!

Make your own alfajores

Of course you can follow the recipe from the queen herself, but Rutger Bakes also has an excellent version on his website.

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